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Teixeira goes yard twice again, Braves batter Reds

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CINCINNATI -- A 24-hour virus made Mark Teixeira sick to his stomach. Those pitchers he homered off felt even worse.

A sapped Teixeira hit a pair of homers for the second consecutive game Monday night, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 14-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that showed what the power hitter can do on a nearly empty stomach.

"He said he wasn't feeling good today," said Tim Hudson (15-5), who kept his two-month unbeaten streak going. "You couldn't tell from his at-bats. He was a one-man wrecking crew."

Not quite. He had a lot of help in doing the damage.

Brian McCann hit a first-inning grand slam, and Andruw Jones added a two-run shot as the Braves sent the Reds to a loss that matched their most lopsided of the season.

With Atlanta's offense fully revved, Hudson improved to 9-0 in his last 11 starts and became the first NL pitcher to reach the 15-win mark. The right-hander wasn't quite up to form -- his delivery was a bit out of whack -- but the offensive splurge eased his way.

"For four or five innings, that was as bad as I've felt all year," said Hudson, who gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings.

The Braves lead the NL in batting on the road, and made themselves cozy at one of the majors' most hitter-friendly ballparks. McCann set the tone with his third career grand slam off left-hander Phil Dumatrait (0-2), a 26-year-old rookie who was hit hard for the second consecutive start.

Dumatrait may not be in the rotation much longer.

"He's not pitching well," interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "The stuff's there, but when you fall behind every hitter, you can't get away with that at this level. We haven't been beaten like that in a while, where somebody just comes in and crushes you."

Teixeira did most of the crushing.

He had a three-run homer in the second inning off Dumatrait, and added another three-run shot off left-hander Mike Gosling in the fourth. His cheeks puffed and he emphatically exhaled while connecting on that homer, which flew an estimated 430 feet.

He sure didn't look sick and weak.

"You know you can't do what you normally do because your body is slow, so you're more focused," said Teixeira, who threw up on the team flight to Cincinnati. "You're going to have nights like this."

The Braves made a bold move on July 31, getting the power-hitting first baseman from Texas in a seven-player deal. That move has worked: Teixeira has nine homers and 25 RBI in 18 games for the Braves.

"You would think that not knowing any of the pitchers (in the NL), there would be an adjustment," manager Bobby Cox said. "But he's locked in at the plate."

The move hasn't worked out so well in the standings. The Braves are still looking for a turning-point week to get them out of their rut.

Atlanta was two games out of first place in the NL East at the All-Star break, but has gone only 19-17 since then. The victory Monday left them five games behind the idle Mets.

The Reds brought a little momentum into the series, coming off their first winning road trip since June of last season -- yes, it's been that bad. The good feelings were gone after one inning.

Dumatrait retired only six batters for the second consecutive start. In his last two starts, Dumatrait has given up 13 runs in four innings.

"I made a couple of pitches that weren't too bad, but I wasn't fooling anybody," Dumatrait said.

Everyone in Atlanta's starting lineup except Hudson had at least one hit. Teixeira added a double, Matt Diaz had three hits, Jeff Francoeur had his team-high 44th multihit game and Jones hit his 23rd homer off Eddie Guardado.

Notes

  • The 14 runs matched Atlanta's season high.
  • Teixeira has 18 career multihomer games. The six RBI were one shy of his career high.
  • Francoeur has 51 hits since the All-Star break. ... Hudson's hitting streak was stopped at five games.
  • LHP Chuck James will miss his scheduled start for the Braves on Tuesday because of tightness in the back of his left shoulder. LHP Jo-Jo Reyes will take his place.
  • Reds C Javier Valentin extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.
  • The Reds traded OF Jeff Conine to the Mets for two minor leaguers before the game. They called up INF/OF Jorge Cantu to take Conine's roster spot. Cantu pinch-hit and singled in the eighth.
 
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Atlanta's Brian McCann, Andruw Jones and Mark Teixeira combine for seven runs and 12 RBI.  (AP)
Atlanta's Brian McCann, Andruw Jones and Mark Teixeira combine for seven runs and 12 RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Francoeur
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 4
H 3
HR 2
RBI 6
 
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS6120002 .316
Matt Diaz, LF6230002 .346
Chipper Jones, 3B4220101 .332
    Willie Harris, CF1000011 .314
Mark Teixeira, 1B4436102 .297
Jeff Francoeur, RF5232002 .306
Andruw Jones, CF4212103 .214
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
Brian McCann, C4114020 .273
Martin Prado, 2B5020001 .286
Tim Hudson, P3000001 .226
   a- Scott Thorman, PH1000001 .218
    Ron Mahay, P0000000 .000
    Chris Woodward, 3B1000000 .205
Totals4414171433  
a-fouled out for Hudson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Diaz (16, Dumatrait), Chipper Jones (30, Gosling), Mark Teixeira (27, Guardado), Martin Prado (3, Gosling)
HR - Mark Teixeira 2 (22, Dumatrait, Gosling), Andruw Jones (23, Guardado), Brian McCann (13, Dumatrait)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 6 (74), Jeff Francoeur 2 (81), Andruw Jones 2 (79), Brian McCann 4 (71)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira 3 (30), Jeff Francoeur 2 (35), Andruw Jones 2 (30), Brian McCann 4 (28)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Prado-Teixeira
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,15-5) 6733340 3.07
Ron Mahay 1000010 2.37
Peter Moylan 1100010 1.87
Tyler Yates 1211100 5.26
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 87-51, Ron Mahay 14-7, Peter Moylan 11-9, Tyler Yates 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 7-6, Peter Moylan 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Ron Mahay 3, Peter Moylan 4, Tyler Yates 6
Cincinnati Reds
Josh Hamilton, CF5011010 .283
Jeff Keppinger, SS4330100 .382
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3010101 .281
    Eddie Guardado, P0000000 .000
    Norris Hopper, LF1000002 .316
Brandon Phillips, 2B4001002 .274
Adam Dunn, LF3011111 .263
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3011011 .301
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH-1B1010000 .220
Javier Valentin, C4010014 .290
Mark Bellhorn, 3B3000110 .100
Phil Dumatrait, P0000000 .000
   b- Bobby Livingston, PH1000001 .292
    Mike Gosling, P1000000 .000
    Gary Majewski, P1000010 .000
    Jason Ellison, RF1110000 .264
Totals35410446  
a-singled for Hatteberg in the 8th
b-grounded into a double play for Dumatrait in the 4th
Batting
2B - Josh Hamilton (13, Yates), Jeff Keppinger (10, Hudson), Javier Valentin (13, Hudson), Jason Ellison (1, Yates)
SF - Brandon Phillips (4)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (35), Brandon Phillips (70), Adam Dunn (84), Scott Hatteberg (44)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (37), Scott Hatteberg (21)
Team LOB - 9
Cincinnati Reds
Phil Dumatrait (L,0-2) 2788202 14.18
Mike Gosling 3.1533111 4.67
Gary Majewski 1.2100010 10.32
Eddie Guardado 1333001 22.50
Mike Stanton 1100010 5.80
HBP - McCann (by Eddie Guardado)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Dumatrait 54-32, Mike Gosling 57-33, Gary Majewski 14-11, Eddie Guardado 21-14, Mike Stanton 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Dumatrait 3-3, Mike Gosling 2-7, Gary Majewski 2-2, Eddie Guardado 1-2
Batters Faced - Phil Dumatrait 15, Mike Gosling 16, Gary Majewski 6, Eddie Guardado 7, Mike Stanton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24477
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Paul Nauert